Mother of Wandering Toddlers Had 6 Other Children Removed by County

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The mother of two hungry children found wandering the streets of Los Angeles has had six older children removed by county caseworkers into the foster care system.


Sidnicka Wilson, 32, was being sought by police after her two children were found wandering South Los Angeles streets.

Despite that history, the family was enrolled in a program designed to help the mother keep her children while learning to be a better parent.

The two younger children, boys ages 2 and 3, and their mother, 32-year-old Sidnicka Wilson, had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County’s child protective services agency. A social worker had repeatedly cleared her as safe during monthly visits, and counselors hired by the county were meant to aid with the monitoring, according to sources familiar with the case.

“Something didn’t work here,” said Philip Browning, director of the embattled child welfare department.

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